Thu, 20 July 2017
Last Updated: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 9am
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A MP’s role is to attend parliament

WE thought our MPs have learned and moved on from the embarrassment they’ve been causing us over the years when they failed to attend parliament.

But it appeared they haven’t.

Tuesday this week, they were at it again.

Only a few MPs turned up when the Speaker entered the Chamber. So few that the required quorum was not met.

Speaker Ajilon Nasiu gave a further 15 minutes to see if some more MPs would come in.

When the 15 minutes were up, the number remained short of the quorum.

Decision: parliament adjourned to 9.30am the next day.

This was a day wasted in the life of our parliament.

To the MPs, may be this is no big deal.

But to the tax-payers and people of this nation, this is irresponsible and a clear demonstration of why this nation is not progressing.

All because the very leaders we elected to lead us are spending that day elsewhere than in parliament where they are supposed to be.

Is this what you call leadership?

Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened.

In May last year for example, parliament was adjourned three days in a row because MPs were not turning up.

Parliament is the highest decision-making body of the land.

It meets three to four times a year, with each meeting lasting four to five weeks.

When we elect our MPs, we are in fact sending them to parliament to attend its meetings and speak on our behalf.

Parliament meetings are the most important formal gatherings our MPs should not miss unless there’s a valid and genuine reason for them not to attend.

We (tax payers) pay for our MPs’ salaries because we expect them to attend every parliament meeting and discuss issues affecting the welfare of our beloved country.

So it’s terribly disheartening when parliament is unnecessarily adjourned just because MPs are not turning up for the meeting.

This means time and resources being wasted just because MPs are too lazy to turn up or are out there doing other businesses that are not relevant to their roles.

Not turning up for parliament meetings is the least the nation expects of its leaders.

Parliamentarians carried with them the dignified title of “honourables”.

The title exemplifies the significance and dignity of the job they hold as leaders of this nation.

Furthermore, MPs, as leaders, are expected to lead by example.

Not turning up for parliament meetings is not leading by example. It is rather a demonstration of poor leadership.

The lack of commitment by MPs to parliament is worrying. It’s also not a good sign for the country.

If the current bunch of MPs no longer wanted to attend parliament meetings, there’s no use keeping them up there.

Dissolve parliament and let’s go back to the polls.

May be, they no longer wanted to be MPs!

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